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Chateau Sagucnay 




The Haven of Rest and 
Summer Recreation 

J. D. Guay. Propn\'lor 

Chicoutimi, P.Q. 






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|p,is>ii| ill Naliirc^nniiicliiir. 
Till- liiMuly C.I ils Mil, I Miiiir ^■lT^■^■t^, 
ill iMniiciiiy with tlir Mililitiif trail 
•.iirroiiiiiliiijis, ii.mtli r with tin i- 

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c|tiilit\ (p| it> •.urroiiiiiliiijis, ii.nitli r with llu is 
iiliiraiu-f III' tin- iiui>;uratiiij,' .•ltlM<.^lllll^ . it-ii.U n 
an iiirh/iiiliiiiiit that ri'iiilir-. it. in mtn tnitli. .i 
liaM'ii of ri'.st, a.s wt-I '.^ a i'Iki.mm pLuc of IumUIi. 
Ki\i"K ri-iTcatioii ; vx.iin- lisli ami Kami- ahouinl. 
and till- tourist, in sian-li of li.alth anil ri-st roin- 

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aiiil till- tourist, in siar ,,,,, „,„, ,i-,i 

■•iiRil with j)li-.isiiri\ is ciriain to ("ii 1 his paradisi-. 
In tlif iiiiilsl of this (.iiihantinK • e is sitiiat-d 
one- of the most i-onifortabk- and 1 arions lioti-U 
on till- rontini'iit, wlari' tin- travilkr ran liml 
ai-ronitiiodation and trani|iiil i-oiiti nlniint, within 
'■onfiiRs of till' palatial hostrlry, 



till' hospital. Ii- 
'The Chati'an .Sajjiii'iiav. 



"The Chati'an .Satini'iiav." 

Thf SaKiKiiay. the fame of whieh has heiome 
world-wide, branches olT the lower .St. Lawrence, 
and can hardly he called a river. II is rather i 
stii]>endoiis chasm, from one to two and a half 
miles in width, ilonhtless of earlh(|nake oriijin. 



Chitoutimi 



ilL-ft for sixty-fivu milfs throuj;!! thf IiIkIi I.aureii- 
tiaii plateau. Its walls are almost an iiiibroken 
line of naked cliffs of sifjeiiite and gneiss. Its 
ilepth is many h indre<l feet jjreater than that of 
the St. I.awrem-e : indee<l, if the .St. Lawrence 
were ilrained dry. the Sa^uenay wonld, in many 
places, remain fathomless ; and no better compari- 
son car. be jjiven it than "Nature's Sarcophagus," 
as a writer in the London "Times" once called it 
in a de.stnption, ami delared that in comparison 
" the Dead Sea was pleasinj;." Mr. \V. 11, Murray, 
the Kifted writer, thus describes the birth of the 
vSaguenay : "It is a mountain cleft ojjened by earth- 
quake violence for -ver .sixty miles. throuj;h a land- 
scape of mountains formed of primeval rock. In 
olden times a shock which shook the worlil burst 
the Laurentian ranges a.sunder at its St. Lawrence 
line where Tadousac now is, and opened u]) a 
chasm two utiles across, two thou.sand feet in 
depth and over .sixty miles in length, straight 
northward. Thus was the Saguenay born." 

The town of Chicoutimi is situated sixtv-eight 
miles froiu the mouth of the Saguenay, which, 
nearly as far again to the west, takes its rise where 
tlie surplus waters of the Lake St. John are poured 
out into the awful chasm where the Laurentian 
uiountains were wrenched asunder by .some violent 
convulsion of nature. X) other river in tlie world 
atTords sncli .striking contra.sts to the tourist as the 






lirii;lu Vdiiny lilt- 
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SuKiKMiay ildc^. It ilraws its 
from the i'oiiiiiij;liii.t; of its 

the elevate.l he.l of Lake St. John. I'or tlie I'irst 
nine miles of its existence, on (•itlur -.iile of tlie Isle 
of .\lnia, which divides the river into two streams, 
it leaps and ijamhols in frolicsome disijlay. heed- 
less of the rocks that it encounters on its wav, now 
liaskint; in pleasure and sunlittht, regardless of the 
comin,t,' night, flashing and dashing in the full 
vigor of lu.sty youth, o\er jirecipitous declines. 
After the reunion of the sometime sejjarateil waters 
at the foot of Alma Island, there is a contiimation 
for thirty or forty miles more of precipitous cas- 
cades, falls and nijiids of the utmost violence, until 
some few miles ahove Chicoutimi, where the cNcite- 
ment, life and ela.sticity of youth give place to the 
splendid awe .and magnificent gloom that .settles 
down upon the ailull dark river, that heconies 
deeper and more imjjressive as it later approaches 
the .Stygian darkness of its latter end. 

Chicoutimi can be reached eithe.- bv rail <ir 
ste.imer. The tourist can start to this end over the 
Ouebec anil I,ake .St. John Railway, which runs 
through the .\dirondacks of Canada, or embark on 
the most magnificent .steamers of the Richelieu and 
Ontario Navigation Comi)auy, which leave the city 
of Ouebec every morning during the summer sea- 
.son for the far-famed Saguenay. These steamers 
are regular flo.iting palaces, with their promenade 



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<lerks adiiiinible for purposes of observation, their 
staterooins. ladies' cabins, saloons, diiiiiij^-roonis. 
etc., wliieh are a marvel of elegance and eonifort ; 
while the cuisine, the service of the meals, and the 
attendance on board leave nothing to be desired. 

The a])i>roaches to Chicoutimi by train and 
steamer are majiiiificent i>anonnnas of nature which 
burst upon the admiring jfaze of the traveller. 
I'roin the train, for some miles before approachiu}; 
the town, the optic vision is an ever-tu-l)e-remei,i- 
bered view of the Saguenay, more than three huu- 
dreil feet below. The picture.scpie and far-famed 
water-course stretches away l)elow, and on either 
hantl and in front are the heights of the northern 
shore, and upon them, just over the river fr(^m 
Chicoutimi, is the pretty village of Ste.-.\nne-du- 
Saguenay. The trip by tla River St. Lawrence in 
the palatial steamers to Chicoutimi is, without 
excei)tion, the finest in the world. I'rom Tadousac 
to Cape Eternity the scenery is one of the nu)st 
sidilinie grauilcur, and the maje.stic sublimity of 
Ca]>es Trinity ami bUernity is, indeed, an awe- 
insjiiring .sight. Three different elevations, and 
yet one rock ! Three distinct heights, and yet 
each about the same in its own individual extent 
and proportion ! Three equal cliffs, yet each 
distinct from the other ; but one great, awful 
"Trinity" of cape and mountain, rising aloft its 
summit to a majestically precipitous height of 

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SCVl-llU-l-ll llllIlcllVcl tVlt ! Ncilllillv wild (.-VIT J^.l/C'S 

for a si'coiiil iiiioii lliis tri]. i-ornwmd prDiimiiUirv 
will think il iR-ci'ssary to iii(|iiirc tlir urij;in of its 
name. Nearer and nearer to its preeipitous clilTs 
Hli<les the steamer, anil in proposition as the inter- 
vening spaee (.(rows less, iloes the trne .ippreiiation 
of the awful heij^ht ami massive jjrandeur of the 
Cajie inerease. At last, as the vessel steams aronml 
the i)oint and still nearer in to the .idamaiiline 
walls of the frowiiiiij^ preeipiee that seems re:idy to 
fall over npon it, a feeling of awe iM)Ssesses every- 
hody on deek ; and in eontr.ast hetween the relative 
si/e and a])]iarent imijortaiiee of the steamer and 
all on hoard of her, on the one hand, and of the 
iialiiral sMrronndinjfs on the other, is for the 
moment overpowerinj;, an<l, for oiiee in his life, 
the tonrist is unavoidahly oonfronted with an eii- 
foreeil reminder of his own utter insifjnifieanoe. 
The immense heijcht of these perpendienlar elilTs 
renders distanee decei)tive. The steamhoat ippears 
to he sailing ilan^erously close to the j .iince, 
that looks to ho hut a few feet distant from the 
deek. Vou jnek up a pehhle from a Imoket stand- 
ing on the deek and think it an easy matter to 
throw it aiji in.st the roek. To your sur])rise, it 
falls far, very far, short of your aim. When the 
.steamer reaches Eternity Hay, that separates the 
two ijreat capes, anil, amid the deej) solitude of 
such surroundinirs, you start alTri,i;lited at tin' 



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suiincl (if your vcssul's wliistli-. iiml itrv iin]iri'ssi(l 
beyoii.i iia'asiiri.- liy tlic- loiin-ioiilimiiMl and ofl- 
ri])iati(l ri'Vorlitralii)iis of its fclio. Nor is your 
fciliiiK of awi' ill any way Ksseni'd by Ihv rLinein- 
liraiic-i- of llic fact that tin- still, lilark water of the 
river out of wliicli these iiionntain eajies so alirnptly 
rise is nearly two thoiisanil feet deep. Ca])e l\ter- 
nily is more than a hundred feel liiijher than 
Trinity, or nearly si\ times as hinli .is the eiladel 
of Oiiehee. 

.\lniosl iiiiinediately o])i)o.site C'hii'oiitimi are 
Ca|)e St. l''r,in^ois and the pari.sh of Ste.-.\iine-dii- 
Sa^neiiay. Lower down than these, the little 
rivers I/OriKiial, Caribou and Ontardes flow into 
the Sajjuenay. They take their names from the 
iinniense number of moose, earilion anl wild ^eese, 
res))eelively, that are killed lonji their banks. 

The town of Chioontim; has a jiopnlation of five 
Ihonsanil souls, who are prineiiially eiiKaned in the 
pul]) trade, ■vhicli furnishes eni])loyiiieiit to five 
hundred men, and, throuj^h them, su.stains many 
of the other industries of the ])laee. Ojjerated by 
the Chicoutinii River, and situated near the railway 
bridfje, are I'riee's mills. The.se form one of the 
institutions of Chiooutimi, and one of the largest 
niilliii!,; e.stablishmenls in Canada, The largest 
piil])-mill in the world is al.so in a jxirtion of this 
enter])risiiig town, .situated ill the valley of the 
.Saguenay. Chieoutimi has a Roman Catholic 



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Msliup, .M^r. I„ilirfn|iu-, an. I a li.iii.Kdiiic citllf- 
■ Iral anil .dIKkc l.uilt n( slciiM-, ln>i,l,.s i„,, ,.,111- 
vilils. A luw <lia|)fl waMRcliil in tin. larly part 
lit r.Si^?. (|iiili- cliisi- to I'riiv's tiiill, upi>ii th,. site <if 
till' litlk' i>l(l Ji-siiil iliapil Imilt for tin- Imliaiis in 
ifi7'\ anil ri'plaiccl l,y anotlur iriiliil in 1727 liy 
I'alliir I.auri'. In NoviinhtT, wliilr i-xi-avatinn, 
till.' riniain-. of a i-olliii an. I luiiiian liont> wiri' ilis- 
rovtri-.l In- tlif workmen iK-niath llir site of tin- 
iliaiuH-1 of tin- ol.l iliapil. With Dust- riinains 
wirr fonri.l inli-rriil a ininiliir of inri.iu-. rilio, 
iiulnilin),' an arrowhi'a.l. an iron sockil. tin- ])oint 
of a sword, jilalfs of metal, aii<l the teeth of hears 
anil heavers that iiail ajiparently heeii nseil as orna- 
nienls, ami it is thonKlit that the remains were 
either those of some missionary to the Inilians or 
ot an Indian ehieftain or other prominent eonvert 
to Christianity. 

In elose vieinily lo Chieontimi is located an 
Indian village inhahited hy the .MonlaKii.iis trihe, 
wlio hiinl the woods in winter, and return lo their 
pietnres(|iie snmmer homes in siininier. 

In the midst of all this awe-inspirin),; srenie 
Kranilenr there stands one of the llnesl hotels in 
all the snmmer resorts of the Dominion of Canada. 
It is centrally located and elose liy the railway 
station ami hoat-lan.linj;, nevertheless .seclmled in 
the e.vcln.sion of its own pielnresque situation, that 
e unmamls a sweei)inj; view of the siirroiindiii),' 
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i"ii;.lry, with all jt^ sr.iiii' inficis. to^'iilur witli 
tin- iiii|iaralUli(l waters cif tin- S:i>{iiiii:iy. which 
iiinrs«s iiiiiltriualh llu- siniiiiiit ii,i wliiili it is 

ITll'tl-ll. 

Till- Chatiaii Sannciiax . a|)iir<>|iriattly iksiKnatcil 
the haviii of rest ami Miiniiur nrriatii)ii, is a iiinj;- 
nifuiiil up-to-date iiicHlerii hostelry. It was Imilt 
in |S;,S, ami siiue tlieii improve.l ami eiiiliellishcd 
until the priseiit, when it ranks with the foreimjst 
first-class hotels of Canacla's snmnier resorts. Tht 
CiiAteau is five stories in heij;lit, anil cfiiitains two 
hnmlred anil thirty sleeping apartments. Mostly 
all the rooms are (■(/ .(;(//<•. thirtv of which have 
parlor and l>athroi»n att.iched. The parlors are 
marvels of elegance in their ai>poiiitments and fur- 
nishings. The corridors. Ua.linK to all directions 
of the hoiLse. are large, while the ilininK-nKjni is 
spacious and so laid out as to command an im- 
IHisiuK view of the snrroundinK' scenery. The eye 
in its sweep reaches alonjc the SaKuenay River, ea.st 
and west, for ten miles, while K"'in>; iii)ward you 
meet a niaj^nificeiit panorama of Nature's giant 
I.aiirenti.iii langes. The entire ho\ise is lieateil I)y 
means of hot water, and also fitted v.]i with electric 
lights and l)ells. .\n electric elevator is situated in 
in the centre of the building, and runs up through 
a cupola. 

The cuisine is i niar\el of excellence, and the 
cooking, under the supervision of a I'arisian c/itf. 



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IS altiiKitlur I'riiuli in mtvUv, aii.l surf |.> «nKfy 
tlif iii..-t f;isii,li,,iis t)ii.iiri-, Tlir H.iitiTs ami ..tliir 
sirvMiiis .irt- all ilioMii for tluir iiiUlli^-.ii.T aixl 
striit atUiitimi t,, ,|„t, ■„ |,„,kiii^; ;,ti,,r the wants 
of till- K'lifsts, Hiiilv till' sir\ ill' in ivirj ])arliiiilar 
is first.liss. Oinm.tcl « jtli the IwiUl art- two 
«illa,,)H,inli-.l liillianl-riMinis, r.a.linK' aii.l MiiokinK 
rcionis. iKsiiUs a iniisii-ri«)ni. 

Tin- inanaKiimut has inKamd a lliiircMi«li lirsl- 
ilass (inliislra, ivcrv iniinliirof wlii.li is a rapaliU- 
ninsi<ian, u< furnish music iluriiij,' thi- sunitnir 
ini)nths : and in this tcinnictioi., i ciHictrt will U- 
hiM ^■y^■Ty vvvmun- followi'il hy .lancing'. 

'I'lii' s|)acious Kronnils which snrrimn<l the lios. 
tilry arc llttiil iij) with lawn-tcnnis. cr.ii;uct. Iiasc- 
hall -.nil] cricket Krounds, together with swinj;s ami 
haiUMiocks. 

'I'll- ai)pr(.aclics from the railr.iad statiim ami 
stcanilioat-lamlinK to the hotel aie tliro-i;;h private 
avjuues; hence, while the Chateau Sa"iienav is 
sitliale.1 in the nii(l,.t of liahitati.Mi, it also'en- 
velo])e.l in its own seclusion. 

f.uests can >;o in hathiiiK 'l"''^- 'lose to the 
hotel, where every acc<m;ino(lation is alTonleil. 
The lieach is a sandy one, and pleasant to walk 
on : while the water is patrolled In an ex|^rience<l 
Ki';i/.l, in a l)oat. to assist the h,-.thers if necessarv. 
Salt-halhs are to he hail at liiKh tide and fre-h-w^'er 
hatlis at low tide. 

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l-;\ci-i:i-iil li'Mtiii- cm nl-,,1 l,f ind.il-L-.I in ,m 
tlicSa.i;in-iKiy kiM-r, in both s.iil-ljnaS an.l a nai)tlia 
lauiioli, whi.-li i> splundiaiy lUu-ii U!> ami a.jaini-.l 
f'lr c-\ciir>ic,ii-, i-apalili' ,,f li.)Mi„M- tuviity-llv>- 

TIk aliuM- is a fill: \ii\\ of I.akv Kcii.iijaini, 
uhu-li is situaliil a ilistaiic-i.' nf ten tu\\-~ fniiii thi- 
lidU'l, aii.l ulivr.' lake trout alp )unil in im-ncnsi- 
qnantilits. measuring; from l\Mnt\ -sivin to twcntv- 
ci^lit inclus anil wiiyliiiiu;-, on an aviTa,L;r. (.-iylU 
lioun.l.s. -riu- Chateau S i-ucnay camps an- locaUv! 
on tin- south silk' of l.akc Ki-no-ami. wliicli has fiftx 
miles ,,f huntin- .KToun.ls on all si.k's of its waters, 
an. I is rearhi-(I hy a ilrtvc that takes cine hour's lime 
from the hotel, liesi.les the lish in tlu> lake waters, 
the snrroun(lin,i; country aliounds with cariljou, 
moose, partricl.-e .m.l wiM freese. The ai)i>.>inte.l 
lime for excu.rsions to the lake is at y..-vi A M., 
arrivin,!,' at rorlafiv ile,s Roche.s one hour later. .\ 
small steamer name,] •■Iiie/. '■ leaves tliat jKiint 
every day at ii a.m. and arrives at Toiiitt-au- 
.Sal)le at noon. The cLinp at this part of the lake 
IS fitted up with an excellent cuisine, in which 
,yood cookin.y; is ilone ; and .ijiiesls of the hotel mav 
mdnljie in the s])ort of fishin.L; at this location, or 
wander in any direction they feel inclined. There 
are al.so live otlier camps in the vicinity of the lake, 
scattered in .lilTerent directions. I.ake Keno.i,'ami 
is thirty-one miles lon;^ and two miles in wiilth. 

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and a iiiafiiiiricent C'Xi)aiisi- of waU-r, The hotel 
Kuests can enjoy tlic-nisclves to their liearfs content 
fishing, liathiiiK "r lioatinf; in its waters ; an<l tliose 
who have enjoye.l the hospitaUty of the Chateau 
Sajrnenay dnrinif the l)ast several seasons showeil 
their (lelijrht ajid pleasnre hv dailv excursions to 
the lake. 

The woods that surround all sides of I.ake 
Kenoganii are in truth the hunter's paradise. 
Within their confines the moor and caribou are in 
Kreat plenitude, together with partri.lse and other 
Kanie. The custom is to make up huntin.t; ])arties, 
who Ko off for two or t^iree days' sport, Cuides 
can be jjrocured at the hotel, and, for the accom- 
modation of j,nie.sts, a number of camps have been 
built in different iK-alities. 

The aboxe cut shows the approach to the woods, 
through which there are a number of made paths 
Roinx in all directions. The startinj^'-jioint, before 
enterin>r the woods, for parties bound on the differ- 
ent pursuits of pleasure, huntinj,' and fishing, is a 
a spot designated I'ointe-au-Sable, where they 
.separate, to meet again at a given time. 

The above cut illustrates four caribou killed by 
an amateur hunter stopping at the Chateau, in 
Decendier, 1902. 

There are two ways to return from the lake to 
the Chateau— one in tlie same direction as the 
.giie.sts take to reach the lake, and the other hv 
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shootiiiK the rai)i(ls in a caiioc. Kuiclcd l,v In.liai,-, 
over the River Cliicoutiini, uhieh lands tlie L'tiests 
at the IiDtel. 

Tlie Chateau Sa-iieiiay offers tlie tourist and 
business man in seareh of rest and summer reerea- 
tion une<|ual!e,l oi)portUMilies, in the midst of 
comfort and hixury, surroun.led l,v all the most 
t>eautiful seeiiie effeets of Nature's wildest -randenr 
imaj^inalile. 




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n Summary of eomfort and Pleasure at the 
Chateau Saguenav 

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All tk'Kaiit iip-to-ilate lioivl, luxurious in sun-ice 
mid fiirnishiii^cs. 

Spacious (liiiiiij;.ri)oi'is.1n'(l-ro(iiiis,i-Ii'ctricliKlits 
anil bells. 

Hlectric ik-vnUir. 

l'"reiu-li cooking, 

IiilelliKeiil, polite servants. 

S]iai'ioiis hulls. 

liilliard-rooiiis. 

.Smoking aiirl readiiij^-rooms. 

Orcliestrai concerts and dance music. 

Outdoor failles. 

I'injr-poiiK. 

Hatliinjc in front of hotel. 

lioatiiiK and steam-launch excursicnis on SaK«e- 
luiy River. 

Fishiiif; and hunting in Lake Ke: ),!{aiiii, and 
aloiiK its shores ami its forests. 
Drivint;. 
.Mountain-elimbiiijf ,iiid ])iriiiciii,tf, etc. 



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